Madison summer pleasures, sadly befouled by propylene glycol

Many area farmers continue to face uncertain futures, since recent rains in southern Wisconsin have ended neither the current drought nor concerns about ongoing water shortages. Still, with 100-degree days behind us (for now), there are some summer pleasures to be had. For example, after a pleasantly sweaty hike last night through the UW’s Lakeshore Nature Preserve, J and I stopped by the Chocolate Shoppe for some yummy soy ice cream. (Yes, it’s possible to live in Wisconsin and get non-dairy ice cream! They even had two kinds of gluten-free cones available for those with food allergies and intolerances.) J had the delicious Raspberry Nebula Soy, while I tried for the first time and loved the Espresso Oreo Soy. It’s hard to deny the many pleasures of sitting outside on a summer night, licking a freshly scooped cone.

That said, seeing propylene glycol later in a number of flavors’ ingredient lists (available online) has me reconsidering how soon I’ll be partaking again. As the Chocolate Shoppe website and store signage say, “Nutritional Information: Don’t even ask. This is the best ice cream made in Wisconsin, and it tastes so good because it has gobs of rich Wisconsin cream, tons of real ingredients for boat-loads of luscious flavors. That means it’s not low-fat, low-calorie or low-anything, and that’s why everyone loves it. You want nutrition, eat carrots.” Besides the aforementioned propylene glycol, the other “real” ingredients in Raspberry Nebula Soy include sodium benzoate, red #40 and blue #1. I think my love affair with Chocolate Shoppe soy dessert may have just come to an abrupt end.

To finish this post on a more upbeat note, let’s rewind to our lovely pre-dessert hike, during which we skirted the edge of the Eagle Heights Community Garden. For your viewing pleasure, I offer the following short video of the garden from the UW.


One comment

  1. zazzman

    We have always been a little uncomfortable with the Chocolate Shoppe for this reason even before partaking in their soy-based creations. I understand the sign is supposed to be fun, but I agree that it is a little deceitful. It kind of feels like the “natural” label on many foods. It conveniently forgets the unnatural components.

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